The modern home simply can’t afford to be without insulation. Aside from keeping heat in your home and making it a cosy place to be rather than a cold wind tunnel, properly insulating all areas of your home can save your plenty of pennies in the long run, and we’d all like to have a bit more cash in our pockets!
Insulating your garage door might not be the first thing you think of when we talk about adding insulation to your home, but it’s one of the biggest offenders when it comesto letting out precious heat. Usually made of metal, garage doors will transfer the cold easily from the outside making your garage as freezing as it is out in the winter! By investing in some insulation when you buy your garage doors, you’ll be able to start saving as soon as it’s installed.
Some garage doors are now made with insulation built into them, but if yours isn’t you’ll need to look for a good insulation kit. These kits should normally include insulation material, foil tape and double sided sticky pads to help you apply the insulation and keep it stuck there for the long haul! We’ve seen plenty of other garage insulation tricks over the years, so if you’re not ready to invest in an insulation kit you can try anything from layers of tin foil, bubble wrap and even a thick pair of curtains to add a little more insulation to your garage!
Modern garage doors are usually fitted with a weather-strip around the edges of the door. Weather-strips prevent the cold air getting in, and can also be applied to any internal doors that lead onto the garage! A good way to test and see if your garage door has weather-stripping is to flick on the light switch, close the door and take a look from the outside. If you can see any light around the edges of the door, that’s a gap that needs filling with weather-stripping.
The seal on the bottom of your garage door is primarily there to stop water from rushing in when there’s a heavy downpour, but of course over time the seal will wear down and start letting the cold air in along with the rainwater. You’ll be able to check if the seal is still going strong just by giving it a visual check. If it’s looking a bit worn, replace it and save yourself some bother down the line.
If your garage door has been around for longer than you can remember, chances are that it’s not properly insulated. It could be that you can insulate it using some of the tips above, but if your garage door is simply too worn through, you should give some serious consideration to replacing it with a well insulated door - it makes financial sense in the long term, protects the contents of your garage and can even add value to your home if you’re looking to sell in the next few years.